Taking it easy on the coast

12 Mar

12 March 2022.

March on the Oregon Coast is a crapshoot for weather. Spring teases us, lurking around the corners of lashing rain, and daffodils defy the wintry conditions promising better days ahead.

It is a true act-of-faith to commit to a non-refundable hotel reservation. One could endure staring at the ocean for four days of pelting, icy, wind-driven rain or one might get lucky and find chilly overnights give way to sun, blue skies, and tolerable mid-50s.

View from our cottage, a colorful sunset after the rain.

We were lucky. A mid-afternoon heavy shower greeted us as we hit Highway 101 but as we checked in, the western sky was clear, the ocean calm, and the temperature not-too-bad. The forecast: two days of clear skies and sun. The god of getaways was smiling on us.

Lincoln City is a history trip for us having lived here for a few years until the combination of a scary forest fire and the pandemic drove us into the Willamette Valley. I miss seeing the ocean where we live today but love that Trader Joe’s is 20 minutes away instead of a 75 minute one-way drive.

Molly’s last trip before her planned sibling arrives.

This trip gave us a chance to relax with Molly before we adopt a sibling for her, and to celebrate our anniversary at a special restaurant. Eating fresh fish tacos for lunch two days in a row was a bonus.

Revisiting two favorite locations for light-hiking, Cape Perpetua and the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, we fueled ourselves with ocean views, rainforest paths, and clean coastal air.

Cape Perpetua is even more magnificent in person.

The Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge from the lookout.

Our lodging was far from luxury but the only place I could find that would accept a cat. Salishan Lodge will take big dirty dogs (we brought one there ourselves a time or two) but not our sweet Molly. All of the “pet friendly” places I checked out were dog-only. WTF? The Ester Lee, dated but with amazing views, welcomed us with a modest daily pet fee of $10 and Molly was happy to explore the rooms and gaze out the window at seagulls.

Molly was terrific once we arrived but oh did she “sing” for at least half of the 90-minute car trip!

We departed under gray skies with high wind warnings in our rear view mirror. Happy #37 to us! Now, to find Molly a friend.

Seagulls and the big blue Pacific transfixed our little girl.

6 Responses to “Taking it easy on the coast”

  1. chloe erkenbrecher March 17, 2022 at 16:45 #

    I seem to lose you periodically. The last time I saw your blog, you were still wandering around the Alps. Perhaps that was the last time yo were on here. Yes, you can freeze on the Oregon coast, even in mid summer. Wonderful that you had nice weather.


    • Laurel March 18, 2022 at 09:33 #

      I am afraid I have become an irregular blogger. Other than when we travel, not much to say. Did you see the announcement about our two new books? Very excited about that!

      Summer weather in the Oregon Coast does, indeed, catch many by surprise. Sweatshirt sales are often brisk as those escaping 90-degree heat in the valley hit 60s on the beach!


  2. Marcia March 12, 2022 at 16:50 #

    Molly is just so delicate and darling. I’m sure the car ride unhinged her not knowing what to expect.

    The weather looks so amazing for March! Good on you two.


    • Laurel March 13, 2022 at 16:51 #

      Thanks, Marcia! Nothing like your warm weather birthday trip, though!

      Molly’s only travel from here on is to the vet, about 1.5 miles!


  3. meemcool March 12, 2022 at 15:58 #

    What’s your special restaurant? And fresh fish tacos? Yumm


    • Laurel March 12, 2022 at 16:19 #

      We went to The Bay House for our anniversary. An institution in Lincoln City for 40 years, they relocated to Salashan Lodge and it is as good as ever. Incredible food! Fish tacos at Luna Sea Fish House in Yachats are good, but the ones at Hawk Creek Cafe in Neskowin are great! Still, the best we’ve had are in Port Orford at the Red Fish.


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